THE MINDFUL MIND

HOW TO BE

S

Stop

 

whatever you are doing.

T

Take

 

ONE long, slow conscious breathe

(or more).

O

Observe

 

what is going on around you.

P

Proceed

 

mindfully with your day.

SIMPLY MINDFUL

EASY WAYS TO BRING

MINDFUL LIVING INTO YOUR DAY

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You'll often see the words mindfulness and meditation interchanged.  So, what are mindfulness and meditation, and are they just two words for the same thing? The best way to answer this common question is to look to Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. - considered the most influential person in mindfulness and meditation in the U.S.

 

For Dr. Kabat-Zinn mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.  

 

Meditation is, therefore, part of mindfulness. In fact, by practicing meditation, for example, you're giving your brain a mental workout on how to not let thoughts and emotions run the show.  

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At RETREAT TO JOY, mindfulness is mindful living.  It's a way of showing how a practice of mindfulness can really be something we practice throughout our daily life.  Wouldn't we all handle the stresses of our daily lives so much better if we could teach our brain to stop, pay attention and be in the present moment without letting emotions and judgment take over?

 

We spend our days in a highly distracted state.  We're multitasking our way through just about everything, even as we drive. And, even more so with the proliferation of telephones, social media, and our highly charged lives.  Our brain (our mind) has become trained to multitask, plan the future and ruminate the past.  This has left the present moment often forgotten.  Needless to say, staying in the present moment is hard work.  

By being totally present, we have the amazing opportunity to watch life unfold, to experience

its pleasures, its pains, and its wonders.   

DAILY

ROUTINE

Stop the autopilot mode. Turn your daily routines into moments of mindfulness.

Tune in. Feel the moments.

Be present. 

SHORT

BREAKS

Take mindful moments.  Try one-minutes meditations. The brain responds better to bursts of mindfulness. Enjoy a short mindful moment focusing on your breath. 

 

VALUE

WAITING

Value wait times. Let those moments be a time to rest your mind. Rather than look at your phone, bring your attention to your breath. Tune in to your senses.

 

ONE

THING

Stop multitasking. It's a myth that we're more productive when we multitask. In fact, it takes 20 to 40 percent more time than by doing one task at a time.  

FULL

PRESENCE

Be fully present and really listen to others. Stop the mind chatter. Rather than judging what the person is saying and thinking about what you'll say next, really listen.

 

slow

down

Enjoy the moments. Take

5-minute breaks. Take time to be still and do nothing at all. We spend too much time just "getting through."  Feel the sun. Breathe. Listen to the sounds around you.